Hundreds of people with disabilities in our community are not receiving the services they need or the support required so that they may live up to their potential. You can help MTC to be there for them.
The Robert Chase Memorial Fund provides scholarship assistance for people with disabilities who need and would benefit from the services MTC offers, but who are either on the waiting list for funding or who have had significant reductions in their funding through the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD).
Your gift to the Robert Chase Memorial Fund allows MTC to provide services that can make a significant difference in the quality of a life. The Fund enables an individual to come to MTC one additional day each week and not languish at home or to receive additional services in their home to allow them to age in place with dignity, rather than being sent to a nursing home. Through this fund we can also provide more job skills training to an individual seeking a better life through competitive employment.
The Robert Chase Memorial Fund was established in May 1995, to commemorate the life of a philanthropic man who came to MTC initially as a teenage volunteer. Impressions made at MTC stayed with Robert throughout his life, inspiring him to a lifetime of service to people with developmental disabilities, until his untimely death in May of 1994.
Captain Ray Chase, Robert’s father, was a local Tampa artist and retired mariner who specialized in maritime and old Florida landscape oil paintings. All proceeds from the sale of his paintings go directly into the Robert Chase Memorial Fund. A sample of his work is seen below. Additional artworks are available at our Cypress St. location.
“We are delighted that our son can be remembered in this way. He taught us by example, that to give of yourself unselfishly is a wonderful experience.”
-Captain Ray Chase